Best Buy to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Minneapolis Best Buy Co., Inc. has announced plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 8% per square foot across all U.S. stores and operations, including its corporate headquarters, fleet, and distribution centers by 2012.
According to a release, all new stores will be built with skylights and high-efficiency lighting, heating and cooling systems.
The company also will adopt a no-idling policy for its fleet, retrofit existing stores with skylights and upgrade their lighting and HVAC, and upgrade its energy-management system to address energy spikes in particular locations.
In addition, Best Buy will test solar panels in certain stores.
Giant Eagle Columbus Store Achieves Gold LEED Status
Pittsburgh Giant Eagle said Thursday that its northeast Columbus store has received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
The 75,000-sq.-ft. Giant Eagle opened in August. Following an eight-month review process, the facility was awarded Gold LEED certification in the new-construction category—it is the chain’s first Gold LEED award.
The chain opened its first LEED-certified supermarket in Brunswick, Ohio near Cleveland in December 2004. Giant Eagle was also awarded Silver certification for its Pittsburgh location in April 2007.
Among the chain’s energy-saving processes and specifications are high-efficiency lighting, the purchase of wind energy, and the use of white roofing, variable-speed fans and occupancy sensors.
Many of these processes are also being added into existing locations.
Cub Foods Hopes for LEED Gold
(Oct. 14) Cub Foods is upping the ante when it comes to its commitment to the environment by opening its first green supermarket.
The new location, in Phalen, Minn., has been built with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in mind.
It features 44 skylights that will be controlled by a GPS system that can track and redirect sunlight. The lights are expected to provide a 14% energy savings for the store, according to a company statement.
LED lights illuminate the parking lot, and will be placed in the store’s refrigerated cases. Thee lights are expected to “provide energy savings of 50%, an average of approximately 6,500 a year,” said Scott Reinke, the grocer’s senior project manager.
The grocer also plans to cut water waste through a landscape irrigation system and drought-resistant plants. These additions will reduce the store’s water consumption by 50%, Cub reported.
The supermarket is also guaranteeing that 75% of the construction waste will not end up in landfills. All leftover materials will be recycled into new materials.
Cub is hoping Phalen store will achieve LEED Gold certification.